Yesterday (Easter Sunday) I was, indeed, hiding under a rock. Freddy and I went to church, then to his mom's house to do the Easter thing with the nieces and nephew. I was a good girl and did not take my laptop*. ALAS! I log on to Twitter this morning and find out I indeed missed quite a bit of brouhaha.
Quick run-down of the events: Why did gay books disappear from Amazon?
Why the "glitch" story doesn't really click: David Niall Wilson: Glimpses Into an Overactive Mind - Amazon Sales Rank and Some Reality
What to do about it: Smart Bitches - Amazon Rank and Dear Author - Amazon Rank
Or, if you're so inclined, here's something else you can do: Jackson Pearce's Amazon FAIL (or: Twilight Made Me Gay)
Other good posts (this list will be updated as I find more links. And find the ones I already read, but closed the window before I realized I needed to blog about it):
After Ellen - What Amazon's "Glitch" Says About American Pop Culture
Narcissistic Ramblings... - And ANOTHER Fail Sister: #amazonfail
Urban Dictionary: Amazon rank
[EDIT] Feministing.com - Amazon Fail: Certain "adult" books (like mine) are de-ranked
[EDIT 2] Neil Gaiman - Amazonfail Sunday
This guy claims he did it. I don't understand all that code-speak, so here's the explanation in layspeak (from Fiction Matters).
The guy quite clearly has an issue with gay people. I can't tell how much of his post is serious, and how much is him trying to be funny (I'm not going to waste time out of my life to find out). Was he just trying to pull some prank on the gay community? Was he out to target authors (gay and straight)? Did he really find Heather Has Two Mommies that offensive?
Did he choose which books people "flagged"? Or did people choose the books? If the guy chose the books, why are feminist books and books that deal with disabilities also being targeted?
And as I was writing this, FictionMatters updated the post, because this guy says the first guy is a liar (which is not entirely surprising to me). I started to read the post, but it speaks a language I do not understand. So I stopped, since I prefer not to pursue fruitless endeavors.
And there's more! Jessica Valenti from Feministing (who's had two books de-ranked) has an update, after her editor spoke to an Amazon rep.
[***UPDATE***THE SEQUEL***PART DEUX***]
There seems to be an "unofficial official" response from Amazon. FictionMatters has a summary and links to the "unofficial official" explanations.
* I took my AlphaSmart, in case Script Frenzy inspiration hit me. (It didn't.) But I left all Internetzed devices at home.